Audi Sport has vastly expanded its portfolio by slapping the RS badge on quite a few SUVs, as small as the RS Q3 and as large as the RS Q8. That doesn’t mean Ingolstadt’s go-faster division has been ignoring its traditional models as a new RS3 is right around the corner. It has been spotted obsessively while undergoing testing in both hatchback and sedan body styles, with the latest video showing the four-door model.
We’ve been hearing some rather juicy rumors about Audi Sport’s desire to massage the five-cylinder engine to extract 415 hp and 369 lb-ft (500 Nm). Per Auto Motor und Sport, an RS3 Performance will reportedly take the sweet-sounding powertrain to as much as 450 hp, but nothing is official. For the time being, AMG holds the power crown with its “A45 S” models pumping out a meaty 416 hp and 369 lb-ft (500 Nm) from a smaller 2.0-liter engine.